Summer Vacation

Seasongs Updates!

To Seasong's past and future guests:

It seems like a lot longer than the two and a half years since we purchased Seasongs from Alessio and Jackie in November 2014. The early hectic ordering and shipping all the new furnishings has passed. We have settled into a routine with Anita (our property manager extraordinaire) of checking in guests and making sure their needs are met. We are starting to get repeat guests, which I take as a good sign of success. The new construction across the street and next door are essentially complete and West Road is a one-way street, now. Even the fish market is finally up and operational. Hopefully, this is a good sign that the local neighborhood is settling in.

Alessio's hand laid tile mossaics.

Alessio's hand laid tile mossaics.

 Speaking of Alessio, one of the lasting impacts to the cottage are his tile murals. Although I’ve never met them, I have heard many wonderful stories from their friends who are still on Grand Turk ( Jackie and Alessio moved back to Italy in 2013.). In many ways Seasongs embodies the upper tile mural on the wall above the dining table. On one side the gritting face looking at the toil of working life with the climb up the mountain while on the other side a relaxed face is looking at the pleasures of island life.

Reservation Changes

We are now managing the booking sites directly. As of the beginning of April, Karen is no longer managing the reservations. Nothing else has changed. Anita is still the onsite property manager. The ownership remains the same.

Summer and Fall Specials

Summer and Fall are the slow seasons on Grand Turk. The sun seekers from colder climes no longer need to warm up. It gets more than a bit hot by September and many people are simply not thinking about going to a tropical place in the summertime.

Grand Turk is all about world class diving and snorkeling and this is by far the best time of the year to dive. The more northern buoys are usually safe. In the summer, the waves are down. The water is in the mid-80's. Visibility is much better and there is less wind. Our relaxed atmosphere is even more relaxed as there are even fewer visitors. And to top it all off, the lobster season opens in late August!

We simply develop a few coping skills to deal with the heat. We stay in the water or indoors, mostly during the heat of the day (it gets into the 90s regularly in August and September). We go outside and socialize at places like Bohio or Sandbar in the evening. There is the fishing tournament in June and fish fries on Front Street in the evening.  We also got a brand new and more powerful air conditioner! The cottage can be kept very cool.

So, here are the specials:

Stay between August 1 and September 30 - $119 per night.

Stay between October 1 and November 17 - $135 per night.

We listed these specials on Homeaway with a 6-night minimum. 

If there are weather related closures or the threat of closures during your planned stay, we will give you a full refund during these times. Hurricanes and heavy rain are rare but they do happen or the threat of them happens. We had a scare last summer but it had no effect at all on Grand Turk. 

Her Majesty's Prison

Grand Turk has long been the Capital of the Turks and Caicos. Because of this both the Government Officials, documents and the prison for the country reside on the small island. Her Majesty's prison was built in the 1830's and remained operational until 1994. 

It still stands today though inmates are held in a newer, larger building located away from the center of town. Self- guided tours of Her Majesty's Prison are offered daily for $7.

At its inception, the prison was mainly used to house wayward slaves. There was room for between 2 and 6 prisoners. After the abolishment of slavery in 1834, it was often filled with people who were incarcerated for being drunk. By the time it shut its doors in 1994, occupancy was up to over 50 people.

The prison began housing bigger time criminals- including drug runners. Turks and Caicos lie about halfway from Columbia to Florida so in the 60's and 70's, it became a popular spot to refuel. There were several expansions made over the years as the average number of prisoners continued to rise.

The prison housed both men and women, separated into different wings. Prisoners were given the chance to go home and prepare for natural disasters- especially the large hurricane of 1866. This Hurricane was devastating to around 200 homes on GT and tore the roof off the prison itself.

These days it makes for a lovely tour with a lot of history.


Top 5 Reasons to Visit Turks and Caicos in the Summer

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Turks and Caicos in the Summer

When the winter weather finally starts to break, many people shift their focus from taking an exotic vacation to summering at home. But that does not mean that it isn’t the best time to hit up a tropical paradise. Check out our top 5 reasons to visit Turks and Caicos in the summer.